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Energy of inspiration or how I became a counsellor

Sometimes I wonder, how do we become inspired, and why are we inspired by the things we are inspired by?

I wasn't always a counsellor. Graduating from high school (or even from university), I couldn't imagine working with people. I didn't know who I was, I couldn't imagine helping others figure it out.

I chose to go to school to study what I was good at - math. I got my Masters in Applied Math and Physics. Not being quite sure what I can do with that (I knew I didn't want to teach) I eventually discover a passion for software development. I was inspired to learn and try new things, I felt a great sense of satisfaction from writing a good piece of code. I loved my work. I worked with great people. I was happy to wake up in the morning and go to work. I was determined to have a good carrier in this field. For a few years I was on fire.

And then I lost it. Too many years in a corporate environment that wasn’t fulfilling. I stopped taking risks, I stopped going after projects that I’d have loved to work on. I had many excuses. I had young kids, I was tired, I didn’t want to start a new job or a new contract where I’d have to prove myself again. I wanted comfort. And comfortable I became. Too comfortable. It turned out that where there’s too much comfort - there’s no growth, and when there was no growth and no challenge, inspiration started to fade.